Olivia Newport Memphis Friends

My Memphis friends standing at the female servants entrance of the Glessner House Museum on Prairie Avenue in Chicago.

Friends enrich our lives, plain and simple. Whatever journey we’re on, it’s better with friends.

Friends who mourn when we mourn, rejoice when we rejoice. Friends who want to hear the whole story. Friends who come alongside and make things easier.

The journey into publishing is no different—it’s better with friends. I’ve made bunches of cyber friends I never would have known any other way, people who are also on the same journey.

And it’s a whole lot of fun when real-life friends say “I bought your book!” “I loved your book!”

A couple years ago some friends of mine who live in Memphis were going to be in Chicago for a couple of days. My brain lit up. Wouldn’t it be fun if they could visit the place that inspired The Pursuit of Lucy Banning? Wouldn’t it be even more fun if their docent could be my research partner?

Yay! It all worked out. And I didn’t even have to twist anyone’s arms (well, not very hard). It was one of my most memorable moments of chasing joy on the way to my first book.

The second book in the series, The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow, shares the same setting. So if you visited Prairie Avenue with Lucy Banning, you’re all set for Charlotte’s story.